April 25, 2019

New Twelve Kingdoms novel (publication date)

On 19 April 2019, Shinchosha announced the publication dates for Fuyumi Ono's forthcoming novel. The following press release was posted on the official Twelve Kingdoms website.

The latest installment in the Twelve Kingdoms series goes on sale this October!! Thank you all for being so patient! Having finalized the release date for the long awaited new novel, we wished to fill you in on the details.

The author's epic manuscript of over 2500 pages will be published in four volumes. Volumes I and II go on sale Saturday, October 12. Volumes III and IV go on sale Saturday, November 9. (Please note that these dates differ from Shinchosha's usual release schedule.)

We received the first volume from the author at the end of last year and the final volume in March. The publishing schedule has been set and we are getting everything ready to deliver them to you.

The best way to enjoy this great new saga is to start with the books already in print. Special displays are being installed in bookstores around the country leading up to the October release. Golden Week would be a great time to reread A Shadow of the Moon, A Sea of Shadows!

For those new to the Twelve Kingdoms, or read it so long ago they've lost track of the important details, don't worry! We've created a new website—"The Twelve Kingdoms in Five Minutes!"—to get you started.

Let's all look forward to the October 12, 2019 launch date together!

Shinchosha also launched a Twitter campaign (the post is misdated on the home page) asking readers to share what they love about the Twelve Kingdoms series. Twelve (randomly selected) submissions will receive a clear file folder signed by Fuyumi Ono and illustrator Akihiro Yamada.

In Japan, "Golden Week" refers to four national holidays starting on April 29 that take place within seven days. This year, Golden Week will be extended to ten days in order to accommodate the abdication of Emperor Akihito on April 30 and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito on May 1.

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# posted by Blogger Unknown
4/25/2019 3:10 PM   
hoping for the arrival of the new books is by the translation of the great Eugene
# posted by Blogger Zedta
4/26/2019 5:29 PM   
I'm so happy! Thank you thank you, Eugene, for keeping us up to date
# posted by Blogger wisdomgod
4/29/2019 6:32 PM   
yes! finally! I hope we can read it
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
5/01/2019 9:56 AM   
Thank you for keeping us informed! I'm so happy Taiki saga is getting a sequel.
# posted by Blogger Panino Manino
5/06/2019 8:50 AM   
For me Risai, Taiki, Tai-ou and the whole of Tai Kingdom is dead and forgotten.
# posted by Blogger Milazh
5/08/2019 8:45 AM   
Wow!!! It's too good to be true. I wish I would know Japanese.
# posted by Anonymous Dawnfire
6/06/2019 1:01 PM   
I will actually be in Japan Oct 12 so hoping to be able to pick up the fist two books before I head back to the US. Very exciting!
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous
7/24/2019 7:41 AM   
Will you be translating the new novels?